Wendy Magda DMD LLC

 

 

 Basic Health

 

FILLINGS
Fillings are done to remove decay and to replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because the new material fills the hole that the decay left. Now a days most teeth are treated with a tooth colored composite resin material. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, the decay can lead to infection and tooth pain. If that occurs then the tooth would possibly need root canal treatment or extraction. 

BONDING
Bonding involves adhering a tooth colored filling material  to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage that was caused by decay or recession. It can also be done to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order for the filling to hold. A gel is applied to clean the tooth surface, and a primer/bonding agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the filling material is placed on the tooth and hardened with a light. The composite filling material is then shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish and feel great.

SEALANTS
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.

X-RAYS
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image that shows the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and to not use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitorying, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.

17 South Sixth Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 420-9332